Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
About Design & Interfaces / Hobbyist interaction designerMale/United States Group :iconeternity-game: Eternity-game
 
Recent Activity
Deviant for 9 Years
Needs Core Membership
Statistics 70 Deviations 847 Comments 13,778 Pageviews
×

Newest Deviations

Literature
Ouroboros
understanding thought (philosophy)
recorded for the ages (literature)
codified and compressed into dense symbols (mathematics)
for the purpose of understanding reality (science)
to then control it (engineering)
for our desires and passions (art)
But to what end? (philosophy)
Ouroboros.
:iconSerenadeOmega:SerenadeOmega
:iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 0 0
A Heart's Machinations :iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 2 8
Literature
Comatose Dreamer
Lies in the bed,
Lost in the dream,
Effervescent scene of paradise unfolds.
The swaths of the cloth drawn close around,
Wrapping the form of the dreamer aloft.
Careless and free, lifted to skies
of airy peace devoid of fear.
Reaching for sun, but when found
it reveals the darkness here.
Coiled around sleeping child
shadows nuzzle frozen form
willingly assumed to surmount
trials blooming out of war.
Lands are ravaged, people restless,
each one longs for greener fields,
where all are free and freedom rings
from the bells of long gone years.
In the minds of nappers napping
walls are torn and freedom rings,
from the mountains people shouting
titillations, merry things.
Each one's laughter never ceasing
no one pray to beck and call,
not one left to hear the tolling
of the final curtain call.
Merry men around the maypole
dancing with their feet alight,
their ears all but numbed by music,
eyes are blinded by the blight
in which dreamers dream and dream
of medicines which make amends
lift them
:iconSerenadeOmega:SerenadeOmega
:iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 0 4
Desktop as of 4.23.10 :iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 0 0
Literature
Crush
To love does not mean to be blind
to love is to broaden horizons, never narrow them
For it is love that furthers knowledge and understanding,
growth and fellowship,
peace and compassion,
with a lack of love blinding
just as badly as a misunderstanding of love,
for a love which blinds is not love.
Only infatuation.
:iconSerenadeOmega:SerenadeOmega
:iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 0 0
No Exit :iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 1 1
Literature
I remember...
I remember when everything seemed easier than now,
So long ago at it feels like but a wisp of memory.
Recalling times in my childhood years, tossed about inside,
Tumbling like leaves in the wind, strewn about within
Crevices of myself, containing fragments of who I was,
Minute keys to the future of who I would become.
Looking back to the first friends I had, no secrets to keep,
Never looking back, wondering if there was something more.
Reflecting on days long gone, before problems like
Fears, concerns, worries about what others see in me,
Placed alongside what they seen in the world itself,
Predating all these aspects of my life as it is today.
Still, the years have changed me for the better, molding me,
Forming me into a more responsible and courteous person,
More than the selfish brat I was, seeing only me
Thought all situations, longing only to have the spotlight
Shine on me forever, not caring what happened to others
and holding dreams that would only better myself.
I recall how pe
:iconSerenadeOmega:SerenadeOmega
:iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 0 2
Literature
Cool Bedding
Laying in bed staring up at the ceiling,
Staring at the dots above like drifting clouds,
Cool air circulating around me:
Calm, cool darkness permeates the air.
Birds drifting across the sky,
an endless wave of wings a-flutter,
streaking across a mass of clouds,
suspended like marshmallows
floating in a sea of hot chocolate.
Blue stolid planes of shifting silence
moving across the celestial sphere.
Closing in around my head,
forms of suffocating fear.
Crushing... heavy... cold.
Head resting on a pillow of stone.
Arms folded across my chest.
All is still -
lost within the dark night.
:iconSerenadeOmega:SerenadeOmega
:iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 1 2
Desktop as of Dec. 17, '08 :iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 0 7
Literature
Heaven's Handlense
A ray of light falls from the window
perched above, within the wall,
glass shut tight to bar the shadows,
drapes drawn in to bar the cold.
Intensified by the lofty lens,
the pungent stream cuts through to earth,
where lie those who dwell in darkness,
knowing not of wisdom's worth.
Pierce the eyes of drifting wanderers,
shifting through the mire of men,
lifting them from muck to substance,
blinding them to earth's entrapments,
shattered past now burns away,
melted down and cast anew,
giving life from death's decay.
Insulated from life's quarrels
many now would call him mad,
rebuilding life now brick by brick,
nothing left of what he had.
Turned away from hollow treasures
facing now the hallowed light,
eyes averted from the shadows
fights against them with all might.
:iconSerenadeOmega:SerenadeOmega
:iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 1 10
Literature
100 Themes: Love - 'Icarus'
Tower stands resolute, above all the gloom,
within I am standing, glaring down on the world.
Reaching for me, your words full of strength,
giving me wings and lifting me up
and higher still, as your hand draws me into the sun,
like winding threads of fate,
spun in your tapestry, our song, my endless journey.
The flames of the sun spinning around me,
warming me down through the bones, to the soul.
Each step draws further into the fire
threads to be singed as textile unfolds.
Licking across the tattered cloak,
wildfire yearning the tattered cloak,
wildfire yearning for constant fuel,
moves to the flesh and engulfs therein.
Charred black form of smoke and ash.
Wings clipped mid-flight.
Plunge into the icy depths.
:iconSerenadeOmega:SerenadeOmega
:iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 0 3
Desktop as of 9-1-2008 :iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 1 3 Gothic Moderna :iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 0 0 Stealth Fighter :iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 0 0
Literature
100 Themes: Intro
Pouring myself out onto the page,
words forming as the rain forms pud-
                                                     dles on the
                                              pave-
                                                    
:iconSerenadeOmega:SerenadeOmega
:iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 0 5
Red Ribbon :iconserenadeomega:SerenadeOmega 1 8

Random Favourites

tifa lockhart. :iconvmbui:vmbui 39,291 1,687 golden Koi_headphones :iconbobsmade:Bobsmade 1,042 67 From me with Love :icondark134:Dark134 6,767 0 Dragons Rage :iconvpdesigns:VPDesigns 35 17 Fortun :icondark134:Dark134 1,329 65
Mature content
Save the heart :icondark134:Dark134 3,153 134
Mature content
Donde Voy :icondark134:Dark134 3,143 137
Elven Edan :iconbekurah-toshin:Bekurah-Toshin 211 28 Dragons Lair :iconironshod:Ironshod 14,170 1,222 Rayne and Kini :iconmeago:meago 4,651 302 Haikari :iconmeago:meago 2,274 157 Various female clothes 8 :iconmeago:meago 8,688 718 Gaara :icondanzzila:danzzila 19,217 1,909 Miko and Sparda :iconmeago:meago 1,432 110 Sleep Song :icondark134:Dark134 13,367 714
Literature
Garden of Eve
I’m young, only in my twentieth year
But I know Love
I know Love and all of its worth
In all of its elegance and spontaneity
Sharp edges
It’s Fine and smooth surfaces
In all of its grace and purity
Piercing thrones on red roses
It’s Cultivated and arcane emotions
It is a rough unadulterated being with innocence
Yet tainted by experience—once experienced
Tainted by the eyes and voices of my peers
By the parents who know best, but failed themselves
By television and its false pretenses
By the brainwashing of society
But I
Know Love….
It entered my frail being that Wednesday evening like lightning from those gray skies
Cotton clouds weaved with sadness, leaking and releasing my sorrows in delicate translucent drops
Love crowded my lungs
Breathing into my lifeless organs
With inhaled exhales
Filling my bronchi and diffusing into my capillaries
Simultaneously setting my heart ablaze, now burning forever with passion
I was shocked alive
Made anew
Life is now forever
:iconYuniku:Yuniku
:iconyuniku:Yuniku 11 8

Groups

Wishlist

Mature content
They lied to me :iconelsevilla:elsevilla 12,576 741
From me with Love :icondark134:Dark134 6,767 0 .autumn.snow. :iconnoah-kh:noah-kh 7,186 419 ::MY EMPTY SKY:: :iconmeisan:meisan 1,002 37 Winter Goddess :iconkaze-hime:Kaze-Hime 17,432 1,210 Lucifer :iconprodigybombay:ProdigyBombay 11,210 512 Stab me :iconasuka111:asuka111 4,135 199 Perfume Harvester :iconasuka111:asuka111 21,249 850

deviantID

SerenadeOmega
interaction designer
Artist | Hobbyist | Design & Interfaces
United States
AvantFlux.Raven@gmail.com

"I answer, because I live among men and not among angels."
~~~Thaddeus Stevens

Current Residence: Virginia
Operating System: Ubuntu Linux x64

last.fm: SerenadeXIII
Interests
Might as well put this up here, because I said I'd post more game-design stuff, and then didn't D:

Minor comparisons to Final Fantasy X's Sphere Grid, but I haven't played FFX and don't find that "skill tree" as easy to understand.

This is less of a "let me convince you to play this game" and more of a "let me explain the systems, so if you don't want to play, you can at least know why this is interesting."


I personally think the FF X Sphere Grid is way more convoluted than Path of Exile's system.

In PoE you have paths like...
  • dex +10 → dex +10 → dex +10 → 12% attack speed, dex +20

From what I can tell, FF X is more like...
  • +agi → +evasion → +atk → new skill: "slow"

Both progressions are related to the skill they culminate in, but FF X's are more tangentially related.  PoE has tangential elements to it's crazy skill graph as well, but they come in later.

Also, FFX uses a bunch of swirly-parts to mask how grindy it is.  Some of these paths are super long, but they don't look like they take up too many nodes because they're condensed into the swirls.  It also has a much of blank nodes, which sucks because that essentially means that you have to put multiple levels into the grid to receive a payoff.  In PoE you always get something for each point you invest.

PoE has a bunch of rings as well, but they show concentration in a specific ability, such as mastery of a certain weapon.  Each such circle is accompanied by an icon, like a bow for bow mastery, or a singular hand grasping the hilt of a weapon for "extra one-handed damage."  Thus, the graphical nature of "going around in a circle" mirrors the mechanical drilling-into-one-thing aspect of focusing on something.

Due to the structure of PoE's layout, you could easily create multiple resolutions of this graph.  This would eliminate noise and help players to understand the systems without getting overwhelmed.  Make a version where the less important nodes are concealed, showing a straight-line path to the target with a number on it indicating how many points must be invested.  Toggling between different graph resolutions would be a great use of interactivity to further understanding of a complex system.

(At least they have a search feature in their online skill graph.  Super helpful :D)

Remember that tangential relation I mentioned earlier? PoE showcases that not in the pathway towards a skill, but the way related skills are positioned.  FF X bases their arrangement of items on the Sphere Grid around certain characters, each with different archetypes.  The position of skills is more about each character's progression, than the progression of skill itself.  On the other hand, PoE uses a system of three stats, Strength, Intelligence, and Dexterity, and then builds classes to help guide the player through those stats.  Focusing on the systems diminishes the narrative aspect, but allows passive skills to be placed in accordance with their functionality: The more brutal weapons (two-handed sword, club, axe) skew towards the Strength sector; The more technical weapons (dagger, claw) are under the domain of Dexterity; Spells are pulled into the sphere of Intelligence.

This makes clear the weapons and abilities which span domains. The sword lies on the edge of Strength and Dexterity.  Dexterity grants it speed and accuracy, improved further when dual wielding.  Strength grants it damage and reliance, using dual-wielding to fend off blows.

FF X's Sphere Grid has some of this, of course.  But their focus on narrative and the desire to make the progression appear mystical sacrifice clarity of the systems involved.

The major flaw in Path of Exile's elegant display of a rather complex system is that they are forced to have weapon masteries placed multiple times around the graph.  If they were clustered in one place, it might have been fairly difficult for some classes to get to the weapon masteries they require.  These skills could simply be placed in the center of the graph, but this detracts the feeling of specialization achieved by distancing different weapon skills from each other along the perimeter.

Comments


Add a Comment:
 
:icondeviantn7k1:
DevianTN7k1 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the :+fav:s
Reply
:iconyinyang-36:
yinyang-36 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
ty 4 the fav!!!  :hug:
Reply
:iconthevirtualdragon:
TheVirtualDragon Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you for the :+fav:
Reply
:iconcutemichiyo:
CuteMichiyo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Artist
Thanks for the watch! :3
Reply
:iconnull-entity:
Null-Entity Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke for faving ^_^

And the watch :D
Reply
:iconhachiimi:
Hachiimi Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch~ :iconsnugplz:
ASDFGH I really appreciate it a lot~ :iconhandspazzplz:<3
Reply
:iconserenadeomega:
SerenadeOmega Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
No problem ^_^
Your character PiKo is super cool~
Reply
:iconhachiimi:
Hachiimi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~ :iconohuplz:
Reply
:iconpaintingsymphony:
PaintingSymphony Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
hello my loyal watcher! :dummy:

would U please click "I'd wear this" on my T-shirt design for the cute monster challenge?

[link]

Thanks so much :D
Reply
:iconmeryalisonthompson:
MeryAlisonThompson Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Thanks for :iconplusfav: I really appreciate it ^__^
Reply
Add a Comment: